Man Ray, photographed at the ThÃ©Ã¢tre de la GaÃ®tÃ©-Montparnasse exhibition in Paris by Carl Van Vechten on June 16, 1934
August 27, 1890
|Died||November 18, 1976
|Known for||Painting, photography, assemblage, collage, film|
Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive.
It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.
To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.
An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.
I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.